Research and Evaluation Program

The Research and Evaluation Program of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) supports rigorous, practitioner accessible research of leading, world class economic development practice that advances our understanding of economic development.

Current funding priorities include proposals that

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enhance regional competitiveness by focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation strategies.

By working in conjunction with its research partners, EDA helps states, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Incorporated $ 546,425   2019-06-012021-08-31
National Institute Of Building Sciences $ 289,135   2017-04-032018-07-02
University Of North Carolina At Greensboro $ 51,000   2017-01-012017-12-31
Sri International $ 437,015   2015-11-012017-12-31
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24
University Of South Carolina $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24
Fayetteville State University $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24
Western Carolina University $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24
University Of Kentucky Research Foundation, The $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24
Auburn University $ 642,960   2012-06-292017-12-24

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Research and Evaluation Program funds research, including evaluative research, and national technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in urban and rural regions throughout the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

In accordance with PWEDA, eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a(n): (a) District Organization (as defined in 13 CFR 304.2); (b) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (c) State, a city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (d) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (e) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

See section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C.

3122) and 13 CFR 300.3.

For-profit, private-sector entities do not qualify for investment assistance under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable. Research and Evaluation investments are designed to finance projects for research into techniques that promote competitiveness and innovation in urban and rural regions throughout the United States.


Researcher qualifications are considered in the application review process. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in the proposed area of study. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should submit applications in accordance with the requirements of 13 C.F.R. part 306 and the applicable federal funding opportunity (FFO) announcement. EDA Headquarters can provide assistance in connection with proposed Research and Evaluation projects. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable federal cost principles and uniform administrative requirements.

Award Procedures

The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (Assistant Secretary), or other designated individual, is the selecting official for Research and Evaluation projects. EDA will award investment assistance in accord with the procedures set forth in the applicable FFO.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (PWEDA) (42 U.S.C. 3121 et seq.).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Generally, two months are required for EDA to reach a final decision after receipt of a completed application that meets all requirements.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 13, Chapter 3, Part 306, Subpart A, Public Law 108-373. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. All matching shares must be allowable based on cost principles applicable to award. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of time of a project period varies, but is generally one to two years. Grant funds are disbursed as required and justified. See 13 CF.R. 306.3. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are released by reimbursement based on project expenses.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Grantees are required to provide project progress and financial reports, generally on a quarterly basis, in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions of the award.

EDA requires the submission of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients must be maintained pursuant to the terms of investment award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $1,051,000; FY 17 est $1,500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Generally awards range between $100K and $400K.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

13 CFR parts 300-302, 306.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.

Headquarters Office

Ryan M. Smith 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 71030, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: Phone: 202-482-1464

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

EDA will review all Research and Evaluation applications for the feasibility of the budget presented and conformance with EDA statutory, regulatory requirements, and those enumerated in the applicable federal funding opportunity (FFO). Applications must meet EDA's investment policy guidelines as set forth in 13 C.F.R. 301.8, the requirements of 13 C.F.R. part 306, as applicable, and other requirements as provided in the applicable FFO.

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